•• Our governance policy ••

Our organisation is a registered charity with voluntary trustees who have created a fair and transparent non-profit business that benefits almost 70,000 a year.

Our trustees are ordinary people who provide invaluable support, advice and the framework for our creative and cultural programmes.

All of our trustees are actively involved in our programmes of work, and take a proactive role to ensure that our activities match our purpose.

They meet six times a year at meetings held in Dumfries & Carlisle, and they are responsible for ensuring that our statutory responsibilities are in place, our financial management meets the scrutiny required as a third sector organisation, and that our policy framework is renewed and reflects the current work we undertake.

We operate an open recruitment policy at our Board and we are always very interested in hearing from anyone who thinks they might be able to support the work we do.

Our organisation maintains a current risk register and our trustees are asked to declare any conflicts of interest ahead of any meeting.

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•• Our Patron ••

Patron

Maureen Farrell

Maureen helped to set up our organisation in 2011, and was the second serving chair of ...

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•• Our Chair ••

Chair

Karen Clapperton

Karen is a community health nurse with NHS Dumfries & Galloway and has been with the co...

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•• Our Trustees ••

Katriona Bailey

Katriona is Bank Manager for Nationwide Building Society, with a career in local bankin...

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Lesley Hill

Lesley works in Marketing for a major multi-national and has been an active volunteer w...

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Martin Mckeown

Martin is a Senior Staff Nurse at the DGRI and a keen photographer, rower and runner. H...

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Moira Priestly

Moira is a Manager at Turning Point Scotland leads on our High Tea project with older p...

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Matthew Phillips

Matthew is the Clinical Director and Sexual Health Consultant for NHS Cumbria. He first...

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Hope London

Hope is an artist, writer, consultant, teacher and facilitator and musician. Hope start...

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Paul Vines

Paul is Head of Group Legal services at the Cumberland Building Society. Paul joined ou...

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Patron

Maureen Farrell

Maureen helped to set up our organisation in 2011, and was the second serving chair of our board offering outstanding leadership and mentorship to the young team that emerged from the foundation of the company. With a career in head-teaching spanning almost forty five years, and voluntary service to our community through housing and inclusion for around thirty years, Maureen is a special ambassador for the vision we have, which is why in 2018, we asked her to be our first patron.

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Chair

Karen Clapperton

Karen is a community health nurse with NHS Dumfries & Galloway and has been with the company since it formed. She leads the board of trustees on all matters of governance, and strategy, helping to deliver our inclusive vision for our communities. Prior to health and wellbeing, she studied Performing Arts at the George Street School of Art. She has been chair of the board since 2015, and a member of our board since 2011.

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Katriona Bailey

Katriona is Bank Manager for Nationwide Building Society, with a career in local banking spanning almost twenty years. She joined the organisation through the community choir, which takes board responsibility to support. Her love of music makes her a powerful advocate for culture, and she is a member of local female acapella group, LOKA. She supports our trainee producers in financial management and human resource management. She has been a member of our board since 2011.

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Lesley Hill

Lesley works in Marketing for a major multi-national and has been an active volunteer with Big Burns Supper since 2012, helping our logistical team in the control room, and in front of house roles. She is an advocate for the impacts our projects have on the individuals who take part in them, helping to revert the social isolation which is growing in society, and for the positivity our organisation makes to the community. She has been a member of our board since 2017.

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Martin Mckeown

Martin is a Senior Staff Nurse at the DGRI and a keen photographer, rower and runner. He is a big music fan and believes our festivals have made a huge impact on local audiences and emerging musicians, giving them the chance to see culture which would normally be inaccessible to rural audiences. He has without doubt delivered more Big Burns Supper brochures than any other person and has been a member of our board since 2013.

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Moira Priestly

Moira is a Manager at Turning Point Scotland leads on our High Tea project with older people, and helps to co-ordinate our front of house at our Festivals. She led our volunteer army for three years and was awarded the Prime Ministers, Point of Light Award in recognition for her efforts. She became a member of our Board in 2018.

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Matthew Phillips

Matthew is the Clinical Director and Sexual Health Consultant for NHS Cumbria. He first joined our organisation in 2018 as a participant in a culture debate- “Can Carlisle be city of Culture?” Matthew is driven by his experience of growing up in Birmingham and how culture enabled a generation caught in the poverty of 1980’s Britain and he believes Culture connects us to our homes. He joined our board in 2018.

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Hope London

Hope is an artist, writer, consultant, teacher and facilitator and musician. Hope started life as an artist in a studio squat under the elevated train in Jamaica, New York and never had great expectations. She met Grace Jones in a lawyer’s office in Manhattan and stumbled on Tom Waits in Los Angeles but didn’t manage to get either of their phone numbers. She now resides in Dumfries & Galloway and with regular appearances at festivals across the region. She joined our board in 2018.

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Paul Vines

Paul is Head of Group Legal services at the Cumberland Building Society. Paul joined our organisation in 2018 following the emergence of Carlisle Fringe Festival. He has a passion for theatre, in particular drama and new writing. Paul is a committed hillwalker and has completed 172 out of 214 wainwright summits.

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